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If you’re a mom, you might have baby oil lying around the house — or in your stockpile. Maybe you have mineral oil lying around from a DIY project.

Did you know that mineral oil is actually just fragrance-free baby oil?

Check out these 20 unexpected uses for baby oil or mineral oil:


1. Make your own baby wipes.

You’ll need a roll of paper towels, 2¼ cups of water, 2 tablespoons of baby shampoo and 1 tablespoon of baby oil.

Cut the paper towel roll in half, and place into a container with a lid. Mix all the ingredients, and pour the mixture over the top of the towels. Remove the cardboard center, and pull up paper towel wipes!

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2. Prolong the life of your razor blades.

Prolong the life of your razor blades.

Baby oil or mineral oil will keep your blades from rusting and will extend the life of your razors.

And while you’re at it, never pay full price for razors.


3. Turn your colored pencils into watercolor.

With a bit of oil on a cotton swab, you will be able to blend and soften all those rough edges and use colored pencils a little like a watercolor (or water soluble) pencil.


4. Painlessly remove bandages or stickers.

Painlessly remove bandages or stickers.

Remove bandaids, stickers, price tags from dishware or bumper stickers from a car with ease.

All you need to do is add baby oil or mineral oil to the area, let sit, and wipe away.


5. Make lava lamps with baby oil, liquid food coloring and Alka-Seltzer.

Fill a water bottle or jar about ⅓ of the way with baby oil. Add a few drops of liquid food coloring. Once the color has settled at the bottom, drop in the Alka-Seltzer tablet, and watch your new lava lamp go!

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6. Use baby oil to buff leather purses and shoes.

Add a few drops of baby oil to a dry cloth, and gently buff leather purses or shoes for a shine.


7. Skip WD-40 to silence a squeaky door.

Skip WD-40 to silence a squeaky door.

Baby and mineral oil both work for silencing squeaky door hinges.

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8. Create “cloud dough” with baby oil and flour.

To make “cloud dough” all you need is one cup of baby oil and eight cups of flour. Add the baby oil to the flour, stir well with a whisk or spoon, and you’re good to go!


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9. Use baby oil on your legs for a quick shave.

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10. Remove temporary tattoos.



11. Remove dead skin and moisturize your lips.

Grab a small jar like an old baby food jar for storing your lip scrub. Mix ¼ cup sugar with ⅛ cup baby oil. Add essential oils for fragrance. Scrub with an old toothbrush to remove dead skin.

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12. Polish stainless steel with mineral oil.

Polish stainless steel with mineral oil.


13. Preserve eggs for months with mineral oil.

Warm a quarter cup of mineral oil, dab a little warmed mineral oil on your hands and pick up an egg. Run your oiled hands all over the egg, making sure to cover it completely with the mineral oil.

Store your eggs in a cool, dry place. You want the temperature to be about 68 degrees for long-term storage.


14. Clean makeup brushes.

Add some baby oil (or mineral oil) to the palm of your hand, swirl your makeup brushes around, rinse with warm water, and let dry.


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15. Remove gum or other sticky substances from hair.

Remove gum or other sticky substances from hair.

Apply baby oil or mineral oil to the gum and the area surrounding. Gently pull the hair away from the gum, and use more oil if needed.


16. Use mineral oil as a non-toxic way to kill ear mites in dogs.

Use an eyedropper to put a few drops of mineral oil into each of your pup’s ears. Massage their ears to move the oil down the ear canal.

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17. Loosen a tight ring.

Loosen a tight ring.


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18. Remove ear wax.

Place a few drops of baby oil (or mineral oil) in your ears before bedtime. Do this for up to five days. Once the wax is softened, rinse your ears with warm water so the wax can drain out.



19. Untangle a necklace.


20. Polish golf clubs.

Skip expensive cleaners and use a few drops of baby oil or mineral oil to polish up golf clubs.


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